VIDEO: Remembering Matt Hasselbeck's Hilariously Wrong OT Prediction Against the Packers in the 2003 Playoffs
By Tristan Jung
In 2003, Matt Hasselbeck delivered one of the funniest lines and worst predictions in NFL history.
Hasselbeck was the starting quarterback in the 2003 Wild Card Round game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. In a back-and-forth classic, the Seahawks traded blows with Brett Favre. The Seahawks tied the game with 51 seconds left on Shaun Alexander's third touchdown of the day after a brilliant two-minute drill led by Hasselbeck.
The game subsequently went to overtime, where the old overtime rules of "first team to score wins" would take effect. The Seahawks won the toss, and Hasselbeck blurted out an infamous prediction over the stadium PA.
Hasselbeck clearly figured that after just marching down the field and needing just a field goal to win, he'd be fine. But after announcing "We'll take the ball and we'll score", Hasselbeck proceeded to throw a pick-six to cornerback Al Harris on the Seahawks' first drive of overtime. The Packers would escape with a 33-27 win, while the entire stadium and viewing public laughed at Hasselbeck's awful prediction.
The Seahawks would eventually make the Super Bowl under Hasselbeck's tenure in 2005, ultimately losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although Hasselbeck would have a long and successful career in Seattle and then as a backup in Indianapolis, he'll never live this one down.
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